Ex-Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel may be set to help his former side over the summer by solving their problem of having an oversized squad. The German was appointed as Bayern Munich boss earlier this week following the sacking of Julian Nagelsmann, and he is reportedly already considering reuniting with some of his ex-players in the Bundesliga.
Tuchel parted ways with the Blues earlier this season after a rollercoaster of a summer transfer window put his position into jeopardy at the club. Todd Boehly ruled that the former Borussia Dortmund boss was not aligned with what the new ownership desired at Stamford Bridge, preferring a more project-orientated manager in Graham Potter.
Though Tuchel could be set to accidentally aid his successor by giving his fringe stars a destination. The German is expected to be well-backed over the summer as he looks to strengthen his squad and acquire players that slot into his system – though it remains unclear whether he will implement his tried and tested 3-4-3 at the Allianz Arena.
With that in mind, Tuchel could push to reunite with those who are familiar with his tactics and give him a strong core of stars that he can rely on. Such plans would be music to the ears of Potter, who is desperate to work with a smaller squad at Chelsea and feels that he has too much squad depth.
The former Brighton boss has made it no secret that he feels that he has too many players to work with, with reports circulating that Potter has not been able to implement his preferred training techniques, namely 11 v 11 matches, at the club to date due to how many players would be left out of drills and thus loitering on the sidelines.
Given the quality of the Chelsea squad, numerous teams will be interested in those deemed surplus to requirements. However, Bayern will be more financially capable than most and also may find more joy in negotiating with the Blues due to how they are not direct rivals.
Fringe players such as Trevoh Chalobah, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Edouard Mendy are among those who are expected to be offloaded by the Blues at the end of the season, and they could find plenty of joy by making the move to the Bundesliga.
Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic are also heading into the final 12 months of their respective deals at Chelsea, which has caught the attention of numerous Premier League sides. However, Boehly and co may be more inclined to strike a deal with Bayern (if interested), or any club outside of England, knowing that they are not strengthening a fellow title contender.